Hundreds of Colorado oil, gas wells go uninspected  – Aurora Sentinel

Approximately 160 of the uninspected wells in Colorado — almost two-thirds — are overseen by the BLM’s Glenwood Springs field office. The district includes nearly 900 square miles of public land in Eagle, Garfield, Pitkin, Routt, Mesa and Rio Blanco counties, all west of the Continental Divide.

Budget cuts and staff shortages are among the reasons for the backlog, said Vanessa Lacayo, a BLM spokeswoman in Denver. The agency has trouble recruiting and retaining inspectors because jobs in the oil and gas industry pay better, she said.Ross Lane, director of the Western Values Project, an oil and gas accountability group, said potential water contamination from oil and gas drilling could affect the multiple and competing demands for water in Colorado, including agriculture, tourism and drinking water.

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